A facelifted version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has already been spotted testing; launch event invite teases the new car's nose
9 February 2016

The facelifted Alfa Romeo Giulietta will be revealed on 24 February, as confirmed by a launch event invite that also teases the new car's nose.

The 2016 model has already been spotted testing in the Arctic Circle ahead of its launch. The disguised prototype suggests that exterior tweaks on the hatchback are minimal.

Updated story - Alfa Romeo Giulietta facelift revealed

Alterations are focused on the front of the car, where the refreshed design carries subtle cues from the forthcoming Giulia, which is also due an update. The front bumper gets a revised design, and camouflaged light clusters hint at some changes. 

The rear lights remain the same as those of the current car, while a camouflaged interior on a test mule spotted late last year suggests that upgrades in the cabin should be expected.

There's no official confirmation yet of how the engine line-up may change, but more efficient versions of the familiar T-Jet petrol and Multijet diesel units are likely to replace the current crop of powerplants.

First launched in 2010, the Giulietta is priced between £18,450 and £27,590 and counts the Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf among its rivals in its class. There's no official word from Alfa Romeo on whether this facelift will command a price increase.

Read our full review on the first generation Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo Giulietta
The Giulietta competes in the biggest segment in Europe - rivals include the VW Golf and Ford Focus

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta has its flaws, but its dynamic capabilities and stylish looks are enough to keep it in contention

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9 September 2015

A facelift, after seven years, to a car that wasn't brilliant in the first place? Another triumph for FCA.

9 February 2016
Daniel Joseph wrote:

A facelift, after seven years, to a car that wasn't brilliant in the first place? Another triumph for FCA.

Took the words right out of my mouth - except I thought it was a BRAVA facelift. Where has the Alfa Mojo gone - to China with Pininfarina?

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9 September 2015

It's actually already had a mild facelift, probably because its sales halved in the car's second year. It now sells in a month what the Golf does on a bad day. That's a measure of the weakness of the Alfa brand, as the Guilietta was far from an unattractive car. Whilst petrolheads the world over wax about Alfa's greatness, hardly any of them actually buy one. To be honest, I'm not sure how Alfa keeps going. All very sad, and even worse when the top guy keeps making a fool of himself in public, pursuing mergers with companies that are clearly not interested. Everyone knows that FCA's European business is toast; why would anyone want to merge with that?

20 January 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:

It's actually already had a mild facelift, probably because its sales halved in the car's second year. It now sells in a month what the Golf does on a bad day. That's a measure of the weakness of the Alfa brand, as the Guilietta was far from an unattractive car. Whilst petrolheads the world over wax about Alfa's greatness, hardly any of them actually buy one. To be honest, I'm not sure how Alfa keeps going. All very sad, and even worse when the top guy keeps making a fool of himself in public, pursuing mergers with companies that are clearly not interested. Everyone knows that FCA's European business is toast; why would anyone want to merge with that?

Weakness of the Alfa brand? It is probably one of the strongest and greatest brands in the motor industry. It is weakness in it management that is the issue, the fact that it has lasted this long is proof of its strength.

9 February 2016

I think you misinterpreted Mrs Mellons' meaning. The brand may well have a great history but the available products are a long way from being great. To be strong a brand needs to be associated with the sort of quality which people will actually want to shell out for, park on their drive, and be seen in. The figures don't lie and Alfa Romeo is clearly a purveyor of cars which few people want, regardless of its history. On the other hand, Mini is a great brand with a great history and it's currently attached to cars which people now buy in far greater numbers than they did its antecedents; the same goes for Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

24 January 2016

FCAs sales actually improved dramatically last year whilst Volkswagen lost market share as the fallout from their cheating started to bite. Given that Volkswagen cars generally win every group test that they are placed in in most motoring magazines, I would not be surprised if there is some 'cheating' going on there too.

Having driven most brands over the last thirty years, I can honestly say that there is hardly anything to distinguish between them. The other thing that I can say is that the two Italian cars that I have owned may not have been the 'best' cars that I have had (according to road test reports) but they have been the cars that I have enjoyed driving the most and they have never let me down unlike, BMWs, Audis, Skodas and the others.

I know that Alfa and the Fiat group as whole needs to work hard to repair their reputation, but the motoring press should start by giving them a fair chance. If you check out the independent car review videos at Car and Driving (through the Arnold Clark website) you will see what i mean.

20 January 2016

Alfa are probably one of the car makers that should be going 'premium', they're never sell in big numbers so should be going for the same market as Volvo and trying to take sales off bored BMM and Audi owners.

 

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20 January 2016

too late. The damage caused to this brand has almost certainly knocked them out of the premium park. The Giulietta needs replacement but not before the Mito. They should be releasing an all new model at least once a year. Even the mainstream brands are excelling in tech and design these days. There is room for AR but they need to work much much harder.

20 January 2016

"...where the refreshed design carries subtle cues from the forthcoming Giulia, which is also due an update." So, a car that hasn't even been launched is also due an update. Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up!

20 January 2016

The Giulietta is probably one of the most underrated cars in its class. Far too many of the motoring public make up their mind from what misguided motoring journalists write in their rags after half a day at the wheel rather actually looking at the car themselves.

What they would find is a good value, well built, fast, frugal and reliable car.

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